Intro to One Point Perspective and MC Escher’s Artwork

Intro to One Point Perspective and MC Escher's Artwork

This can be used by 6th-12th grade students.

Includes: PDF, 1 Lesson Plan, 1 Grading Rubric, 1 Handout/ Worksheet, 1 Prezi Presentation, 15+ Student Examples

This lesson will introduce you to both one-point perspective as well as some of MC Escher’s perspectives. This lesson is intended for 8th grade students, but it can also be used to test high school students. It depends on the level of detail you want the projects to have. These projects are great for high schoolers and can look almost like city plans.

This lesson is a great way to demonstrate to my students how simple 1 point perspective can actually be. I draw my own urbanscape and add details each day to the whiteboard as I go along. You can either tape a string or use a yardstick to draw your lines. Students love seeing what I’ve added since their last visit to my class.

Prezi presentations make up almost every lesson. It is an effective and interesting way to share new information with students. You can see how boring PowerPoint slides become when they are used repeatedly in classes to show new lessons. Students start to lose interest after the fourth or fifth slide. Prezi can be used to create dynamic presentations.

Lesson for 8th Graders:

Add 5+ buildings or “shapes”.

The values at the sides of buildings are darker towards the bottom.

Other details such as billboards or cars on the streets should be included.

You may add color/windows, if time permits.

8th & Up:

Include 8+ shapes or buildings

Use values to cast shadows around your city, and add a source of light so that they make sense

You can include the basics like signs and roads but you should go one step further to express your imagination. Maybe include planes, stadiums, rollercoasters, street lights etc.

~Include color

Include windows. Horizontals get closer and further apart, verticals follow the 1 point rule.

This is how I broke down the resources in my lesson.

Lektion Plan – The lesson is broken down into steps that are easy to comprehend. Also included is a list with materials and an estimate of how long the lesson will take.

Prezi Presentation – A link is located at the bottom of the lesson plan to the prezi presentation I created for this lesson. To present the lesson you’ll need internet access or the option to download the file to use offline. Ask me how. Prezis introduce MC Escher as well as some of his viewpoints.

Rubric- This rubric is passed out to students at the start of every lesson. It helps them understand how they will be graded and what their expectations are. To adapt the lesson for advanced students, have them add values, shadows 10+ buildings, and any other details that are relevant to their community. It is half-sheet in size and takes up only one sheet. Students can also fill out a reflective section at the end. Please return the rubric with your completed project. I’ll give you my final grade and send them back.

Handout- The handout can be used by students to help them remember what steps to follow after starting their project. It also solves common questions that arise at the start of the project. By the end of the second day or third day, most students will have a good grasp on the concepts and won’t need to refer to the handout. A values worksheet can be found on the back side of “Birds Eye View”. This worksheet is available to grade your students and help them understand their values better. You should not make values the main focus of the lesson. If you don’t want your project to be more complicated or take up too much of your time, it is important not to. This route is recommended for students who plan to include a “light source” or sun in their designs so that they have an idea of where the values and shadows are going. You can also have your students add color to their cities if this is something you want.

A folder contains fifteen student examples. These range from novice to expert. These examples are useful for students as they allow them to see how advanced projects look. They also serve to illustrate common errors and what to avoid.

* ALL documents except for the handout are in word doc. You can edit and tweak them to your satisfaction.


We are grateful for the following: Introduction to One Point Perspective, MC Escher’s Workwork. This activity is great for advanced students. It also connects well with geometry. I’m a brand new follower.

This resource was a hit with my students! This gave my students a completely new view of “perspective” drawing. The children loved making stories about each structure and the “flying overhead” characters. They were engaged throughout the class.


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